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Aqua Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary
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1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949 (Route 12 North)
+1 252-261-9700
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with...
Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
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    Very good
  • 62
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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great option instead of sitting in traffic!

We were ahead of schedule for our 4pm check in, and starving. Traffic was slow, and since we were headed to Corolla, I suggested we stop at Aqua for lunch. We went inside, and stood at the hostess desk for more than 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. The woman that finally came over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Egreaves
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a wonderful dining experience at AQUA Restaurant. The food was excellent. The best crab cakes we have ever eaten. They were filled with all crab meat instead of fillers, like most restaurants and the salads were so wholesome and the desserts unbelievable. AQUA is better than any restaurant we have been to in NYC. Our... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Fantastic menu choices are available that highlights local produce and seafood. Nearly everything on the menu was worth considering. The also have a substantial wine list and some inventive specialty drinks. Service was excellent. The location is amazing. It is well worth a visit around sunset to see the spectacular beauty of the sun as it sets on the bay... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Arrived after regular lunch, about 3PM. Greeted by the person sitting at the hostess desk with a "Hello". Doing something on the computer. Stopped that to answer the phone. When finished with her "business" got up and led us to a table Someone else brought napkins, menus and water. Drink order taken. Took over five minutes to make one Shirley... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were ahead of schedule for our 4pm check in, and starving. Traffic was slow, and since we were headed to Corolla, I suggested we stop at Aqua for lunch. We went inside, and stood at the hostess desk for more than 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. The woman that finally came over explained that they were short-staffed, and... More 

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

To begin we were seated 20-30 minutes after our 8 pm reservation. We waited a very long time for a server to arrive. Thankfully we still had drinks from the bar. When the 3 of the 4 entrees arrived, one person had to wait an uncomfortable amount of time for his. The food was good, but nothing over the top.... More 

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Good food and drinks plus a large table in corner that fits large parties and captures all kids noise so not disturbing others. Chicken nuggets with ffries served on mini frisbee were a hit with kids. Adults came away happy too

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Rocky Point, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I was not very impressed with this restaurant. The food was okay but not really worth what the bill came to. We were a large family and the kids got their food in about twenty minutes, then the adults didn't get their food until a half hour later. The restaurant was in a nice location overlooking the sound and it... More 

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for sending in your review. I apologize that your dinner at AQUA was not what you expected. We do our best to provide quick service, however, we are a small restaurant, so those wait times may stretch depending on the night and crowd. We hope that you will try us again when you visit next. More 

Randolph, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I do not like to give a negative reviews. We had a table outside overlooking the bay. The wait staff was attentive. My wife ordered a steak that she enjoyed and I ordered a Tuna Steak and as the menu said it is served seared medium rare. I requested it to be done medium. My person preference. I had to... More 

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. We strive to provide our diners with a wonderful experience as they enjoy their meal, whether it is the food, service, live music, or waterfront view. To hear that we did not live up to your expectations means that we did not perform our best, and for that I... More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I really hoped that this was going to be a a new favorite in Duck but it was so-so. Our server was distracted and took quite a while to get our first drinks. Our apps were served and they were fine but when our entrees were served things sort of went down hill. The fish special was a tiny portion... More 

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Judith F, General Manager at Aqua Restaurant, responded to this review

Focusing on the diners, providing friendly service, and preparing delicious meals is our primary goal, so to hear that your first AQUA experience did not live up to your expectations is deeply upsetting. We hope you will look past these issues and decide to give AQUA another try, whether it is lunch, dinner, or drinks with family and friends. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were travel weary and completely underdressed. The waiter was amazingly friendly and attentive. The food was good, not great. Shrimp appetizer was amazing, as promised. Pasta dish was a hit. Mahi special fell short. Wouldn't rush back, but wouldn't NOT go either.....

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1174 Duck Road, Lower Level, Duck, NC 27949
    (Route 12 North)
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Outer Banks  >  Duck
  • Phone Number: +1 252-261-9700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 32
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic

Description

Waterfront dining in the village of Duck. Lunch, dinner, & bar with dynamic sunset views. Award winning wine list, full bar with signature martinis, contemporary, regionally inspired cuisine, with a children's menu and groups encouraged. Live music and sushi in season. Events and weddings; no better venue on the water. Cheers, let's meet at AQUA!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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